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Before Emerson talk, Ron Burgundy anchors real broadcast
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Will Ferrell’s “Anchorman” character Ron Burgundy continues to transition from fictional character to actual media celebrity. Or so it would seem. After endorsing embattled Toronto mayor Rob Ford in song and with an upcoming lecture at Emerson’s school of communication on Thursday, the mustachioed Burgundy sat in a real anchor chair in Bismarck, N.D., to deliver, well, real news. Most impressive, though, is co-anchor Amber Schatz’s poise, as she is seemingly nonplussed by Ferrell’s presence. More

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‘Anchorman’ at Emerson a sad, expensive lesson to students
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There’s nothing far-fetched about a school with a strong communications and media program inviting an actor to speak at the school, which is what will happen at Emerson College on Dec. 4, when funnyman Will Ferrell will make an appearance. The problem is, it won’t technically be Ferrell speaking to students and delivering a heartfelt tale about his perseverance and making it in a tough industry, or following your dreams and not listening to critics who tell you to “get a real job” and that “studying liberal arts is for ‘losers’” – both invaluable lessons that college kids need to hear. Instead, Ferrell’s character Ron Burgundy from the “Anchorman” films will impart such wisdom as: “Go see my new film, ‘Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues,’ out in theaters soon.” And it won’t just be an appearance by the fictitious newsman. To fully sell the con, the school will rename itself the Ron Burgundy School of Communications for the event. More